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City Council Will Talk Taller Village Buildings and Renewable Energy

City could receive higher percentage of energy from renewable resources under proposed new program.

The Capitola City Council will consider whether to join in a regional feasibility study of a Community Choice Aggregation program that would allow Santa Cruz County and city governments to band together to produce and purchase electric power for resale to citizens.

According to a staff report, a similar program in Marin County provides power to 80 percent of county residents at a price close to that of PG&E but with a much higher percentage of that power coming from renewable sources.

The council will also consider a number of changes in the city’s zoning. According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, some of the changes include allowing three-story buildings in Capitola Village.

Another change would allow staff approval of room additions and remodels of homes.

The council meets at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 420 Capitola Avenue.

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Chuck January 11, 2013 at 01:47 AM
it was a bit more detailed in another news report-- allowing three story buildings in the village? who does that benefit, and whose idea was it? its just a guess, but perhaps some well known developers? and allowing "staff approvals" at the city hall office level seems to be an expedient way of getting things done, perhaps. but it might also cut out the ability of the citizens to weigh in on projects that might affect them, minimizing any potential outcry.

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